Melita-Central Park

Melita-Central Park

Melita, Manitoba

Central Park in Melita serves as a vibrant community hub, offering a range of activities for people of all ages. The space is used for events like car shows, family reunions, weddings, picnics, games, and everyday visits. The park also has a playground, providing a fun and accessible space for children.

Central Park is seeking help with its “Community Recreation Expansion for Healthy Living” project, which involves laying down rubber sidewalks made from recycled tires, installing solar-powered LED lighting for increased safety, and adding upcycled Gazebos for added shade.

Rubber sidewalks provide a resilient, smooth, slip-resistant surface for visitors using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. Rubber sidewalks also offer a cushioned surface that is more forgiving on the joints and muscles. These sidewalks are also highly durable and resistant to wear and tear. They can withstand exposure to harsh weather conditions, heavy foot traffic, and other environmental factors, resulting in reduced maintenance and long-term cost saving for our community.

By repurposing recycled tires into functional infrastructure, Melita can contribute to resource conservation and waste-reduction efforts, promoting environmental sustainability.

Solar lightening also has many environmental advantages, as it reduces reliance on fossil fuels. Solar lighting is also easy to install, typically has longer lifespans, and requires minimal upkeep — all of which helps reduce maintenance costs over time. Lights on the pathways will also make it safer for visitors to use during the evening and night, as well-lit paths reduce risk of falls, especially for those with mobility issues or visual impairments.  This extends the park’s usability and encourages outdoor recreation and exercise, contributing to residents physical and mental well-being.